COVID-19 Update 12: 19 August 2020

Dear Residents, Relatives, Friends and Staff,

Please be advised that the WA Premier has announced today, that Stage 4 restrictions are extended to Friday, 23 October. This is in response to keeping Western Australians safe in this unpredictable environment, as seen now in Victoria. We also remain committed to keeping our residents, staff and visitors safe when in our facilities.

We acknowledge the high level of concern and that many count their blessings to be a resident of Western Australia. On this basis there will be no change to existing visiting hours and arrangements in the facility or for families to take their loved ones out. We depend on your honest assessment for the safety of all our residents and staff. We have a good balance for visiting and screening and thank you for helping us. Please be reminded that we will act immediately to restrict visiting if there is any evidence of community transmission in WA and will advise you by way of an Urgent Update. Thank you for your monitoring and collective support to keep us all safe. We are all getting weary of COVID- 19 and the dangers it creates, so we have to remain vigilant and refresh our efforts.

Please be advised that the following visitor requirements will remain in place to Friday, 23rd October 2020 (unless further advised):

  1. If possible, please check your own temperature prior to your visit to ensure that your temperature is under 38C (we work on 37.5C as an early warning sign).
  2. All screening requirements apply. Please stay away if you have the slightest signs of a flu.
  3. Proof of vaccination or medical exemption must be sighted (including children).
  4. Current visiting hours for entry remain in place.
  5. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  6. Visits to residents’ rooms only and must comply with social distancing requirements. No more than four(4)visitors at one time, in a resident’s room. Less than four (4) is preferred.
  7. Use of garden or other communal areas at direction of Clinical Nurse, Nurse Manager or Facility Manager (as long as other residents’ quiet access and enjoyment is respected).
  8. If you are planning on a visit or a stay with family or friends, please arrange with the Nursing team so everything, such as medicines can be ready.
  9. If you are taking a resident out for a drive or overnight stay, please be reminded that it is your responsibility to keep our residents and their fellow residents, safe from the risk of exposure.
  10. Morning 10am – 12pm and afternoon 3pm – 5pm visits are maintained Monday to Saturday.
  11. Special visitor plans are working well for end of life and meal assistance. If you have a special need please discuss with the nurses to develop a plan for my approval.

I am pleased to advise that we have had no cases of COVID-19 although we test any flu like symptoms and also send staff home to be tested, if they too show any symptoms. We require to sight a clearance before anyone enters our facilities. Everyone has been really helping to make this work, thank you.

We intend to be open normal visiting hours, 10am – 12pm and 3pm – 5pm on Sunday, 6 September 2020, to allow special visits to celebrate Father’s Day.

Kind regards
Paul Fitzpatrick
Chief Executive Officer